On Saturday, February 28, 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H. C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
On Monday, February 27, 1911, inventor Charles F. Kettering demonstrated his electric automobile starter in Detroit by starting a Cadillac’s motor with just the press of a switch, instead of hand-cranking (as in the above photo).
On Tuesday, February 26, 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
In Minneapolis on Monday, February 25, 1957, Dale wrote that he went to see the University of Minnesota beat the University of Iowa 102-81 in basketball.
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, February 24, 1959, Dale wrote, “Annual leave, stayed home to get the busted water pipe fixed. Helen and I worked all morning cleaning the basement. Pretty tired tonight. Stan went to his math tutoring job, Dalene went to Junior Achievement. High 40°, perfect day weather-wise.”
In Minneapolis on Saturday, February 23, 1957, Dale wrote, “Bought Dalene a dress pattern and some goods to make a dress. Letter from Mother. Sent Federal income tax return in, will get a small refund.”
On Saturday, February 22, 1958, on his way to Pearl Yates’ funeral, Dale wrote, “I drove Stan’s Chevy from Minneapolis to Estherville and picked up Lela, and drove on to Milo, then to Osceola. Nice day, high at Osceola 40°.” Helen’s sister Lela was married to Pearl’s son Gene, and the funeral would be in Milo, Iowa, at the marker in the map.
In Minneapolis on Thursday, February 21, 1957, Dale wrote, “5 inches of new snow and colder. Put tire chains on after work. Took Dalene to a basketball game. Talked to Stan in Muscatine, on the phone, regarding income tax and tuition.” Some of you will remember tire chains for snow, like those above.
In Muscatine on Friday, February 20, 1953, Dale wrote, “Dr. Miller came in the morning. He says to stay in bed, on my back. It was 16° at 10 p.m. and a blizzard is on the way. Bad in northwest Iowa.”
On Wednesday, February 19, 1969, on a short vacation from Osceola to Lake of the Ozarks, Dale wrote, “Helen and I drove 200 miles from Springfield, Missouri, to Waverly, Missouri, over Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks. Beautiful, bright day, high 45° and nice drive. Took some pictures. Stopped at the Riviera Motel in Waverly.” They drove home to Osceola the next day.